THE BEST COFFEE IN THE WORLD
Good coffee is grown in rich soil and mild temperatures, it needs a good amount of rain and sun (with shade!). Therefore, it grows best in the middle of the earth between the Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer, famously known as the Bean Belt. There are a few ingredients that make for the best coffee and we believe these regions are exceptional when it comes to coffee, and here is why:
Ethiopian women selling coffee fruit at a local market.
Commonly accepted as the birthplace of coffee and perhaps the most captivating region of all, it’s no surprise that this region is perfectly suited to grow some of the highest-quality and flavourful coffee beans in the world. Coffee trees have bloomed in the wild for hundreds of years. It’s coffee in its natural environment! It has the perfect conditions, being its high altitude in the southern mountainous region, and hardly ever being subject to plant rust or other diseases.
A Costa Rican national symbol, the Oxcart “carreta típica”). Traditionally, used to transport coffee beans from plantations to shipping ports.
For some, Costa Rican coffee is considered to be the best coffee in the world. The weather, high altitude and rich soil (enhanced by volcanic ash), gives coffee beans deeper and richer notes. In 1988, Costa Rica banned the production of Robusta coffee (as this doesn’t taste very nice and is very cheap to produce) to favour premium quality. 100% of Costa Rican coffee is Arabica and 80% of it is produced at altitudes of between 800 and 1600 metres above sea level, with temperatures between 17º and 28º C., with rainfall of 2000 to 3000 millimetres per year. Costa Rican coffee is quite exclusive providing forunder 1% of the world’s coffee production.
"Danza del Cafe" (Coffee Dance), mural by Pedro Nel Gomez located in Museum of Antoquia, Medellín, Colombia.
Colombia has fantastic conditions to grow amazing coffee, volcanic soils that nourish the trees and different temperatures and altitudes. Renowned internationally, its production in high altitudes (1000 to 1800 meters), is known to be on of the best soft coffees in the world. Like Costa Rica, it only produces Arabica coffeedue to its microclimates there are wonderful soft flavours. Not only that, but because Colombia is so close to the equator, it has not one but two harvesting seasons, which means all the more coffee for us!
Woman picking coffee cherries in Indonesia.
Indonesian coffee is like no other, they’re known for their nutty, woody, and even chocolatey flavours! Sumatran coffee is legendary, mainly in the Aceh region where it’s climate is extremely humid and poses a challenge to drying the beans. Therefore they use a unique process known as semi washed or wet hulled or as they call it “gilingbasah”, which enables them to dry the bean quicker. This increases the body, gives it the unique earthy flavours and reduces the acidity.
If you’d like a glimpse into the world of coffee, why not try one (or all) of these incredible flavours?